ATLANTA -- With the season opener two weeks from today, the Georgia State football team scrimmaged Saturday morning at Georgia State Stadium.

The Panthers open the 2019 season on Saturday, Aug. 31, when Georgia State travels to Tennessee for a 3:30 p.m. game at Neyland Stadium. GSU's home opener at Georgia State Stadium is Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. vs. Furman.

The Panthers ran over 110 offensive plays in the scrimmage, with an emphasis on goal-line and red zone possessions, and also spent considerable time on all the special teams phases.

Head coach Shawn Elliott said that the execution was a little "up-and-down" today on both sides of the ball, but the one constant is senior quarterback Dan Ellington.

"Dan is Dan, every single day," Elliott said. "The greatest thing about Dan is that he's very consistent in his practice habits. We were a little up-and-down in the scrimmage, but Dan is always up. He comes to practice every day, works hard with a great attitude, and gives it everything he has on every single rep."

Ellington passed for over 300 yards on 24 completions.

On the very first play of the scrimmage, Ellington hooked up with top receiver Cornelius McCoy for a 97-yard touchdown pass. With the offense backed up on its own 3-yard line, Ellington found McCoy near midfield, and the sophomore wideout broke a tackle and raced for the end zone.

"That was a great feeling, Dan trusting me to make that play," McCoy said.

Another Ellington touchdown came on a 31-yard completion to junior tight end Roger Carter, a third-year starter who Elliott has mentioned as a possible "breakout player" this season.

"Roger Carter probably has the best hands on our football team," Elliott said. "He can catch the football extremely well. He runs great routes. It's a little odd to say that because he not a really fast athlete, but he's got calculated moves and his hands are second to none.

Ellington, who led the Panthers with 2,119 yards passing and 625 yards rushing in 2018, says he is ready for the season to start.

"I'm very excited for the season," Ellington said. "I'm tired of practicing, I'm ready to play someone new, but you've got to do it. I thought the offense pushed the tempo today. The defense made some plays, but I think the offense did a good job. We're getting better each and every day."

Former Panther linebacker Chase Middleton, a senior in 2018 who signed with the Atlanta Falcons this week, stopped by practice, two days after playing in his first preseason game for the Falcons.

The Panthers return to the practice field Monday morning at 10 a.m.

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